Wednesday, October 22, 2014


After reading the excerpt from “Bless Me Ultima: Dieciocho,” I felt the children in the story weren’t really taught very well about Catholicism or they misunderstood what the religion stood for. When Antonio and his friends start mocking the religion after their test over catechism by acting like priest and sinners, and when they start handing out punishments for someone not believing in God, I felt that was disrespectful on some many levels. Did all the children really pass their test? Did any of them, or were they acting out because they just didn’t care?

When Florence stated that he felt God sinned against him for taking his parents, the other kids called for punishment. ‘Stone him! Beat him! Kill him!’(Anaya 3319). When Antonio wouldn’t do it, the kids held him down and beat him. Now, is that the kind of behavior a church would condone? Is the kids misbehavior because of the church, their parents, or because they misunderstood how they should act in the eyes of God?

I believe as a society, we owe the children to have a positive experience with religion. We need to teach them that if they don’t feel comfortable with the family denomination, that are different options if the child wants. They should also be taught that there are gonna be people that don’t believe in God at all, or don’t agree with their chosen religion preference. Under no circumstances should religion be forced on a child, because the only thing that can come from that is rebellion.

1 comment:

  1. Corey,
    I agree that "we owe the children to have a positive experience with religion," but it is important to remember that jut because one has had positive experiences with a religion, this doesn't mean that is everyone's experience. Religion has often been misapplied and used to do some pretty horrible things. Knowing what we do about Anaya's time and place, why might he have been critical of Catholicism?